Phase 2: Let’s get priming
Previously, we stopped the build after we were done sanding the whole body with a 1000 grit sandpaper to prep it for paint. But for today, we will be sanding more and I shall take you through the nerve-wracking process of priming your model.
Now, why should you prime your model? Well, the simplest answer would be because a coat of primer gives a model a single even colour and consistent amount of shine that makes it much easier to see any surface defects. This feature of showing up surface defects is very important in producing a top-class finish and is of itself a good enough reason to prime models in almost all cases. However, it isn’t necessary to use a primer all the time as matte colours can be used for the same function. With that explained, we can carry on with the build.
Before we coat the body with primer it’s really important for you to look for any imperfections as mentioned (https://www.turbinebd.com/a-newbies-guide-to-building-kits-part-1/ )before. Once you think the body is close to perfection you need to rinse it with water to get rid of any dust as it will be one of the barriers that prevent you from getting a perfect paint job. When all of the mentioned steps are completed we can move on to the second step of learning how to spray paint.
Knowing the basics of spray painting:
Well, do know that priming isn’t easy, as you will need to learn how to use a spray can in order to do so. Hence, I would suggest you try spray painting scrap objects because when it comes to using spray cans the result can go two ways. Either you are spraying way too close which would make the paint drip or you are spraying from way too far which makes the paint evaporate fast and can lead to a rough finish. For reference, I would suggest you watch JH Hobby’s video on this topic as you can visually see the process to understand. Once you have the basics of spray painting mastered we can move on to the first stage of painting your model which is priming.
If explained this process is very simple and I’ll keep it as short as possible. When you have your body prepped for applying primer you shouldn’t worry about the number of coats that need to be applied. This is because your main objective would be the following-
You have to apply light coats and let it dry for 10 minutes. Once each coat is dried you would want to look for areas that aren’t smooth or have any form of imperfections. If an area is spotted with some errors you would want to wet sand that particular part using the 1000 thousand grit sandpaper. This process needs to be continued again and again till you have a smooth surface. After the much-desired surface is achieved you would need to spray a thick coat and let the model dry for a day or two. Once the body is dried you can look for errors again and if you find any you would want to repeat the process again.
But trust me the extra elbow grease is worth it because a smooth primed surface means that you have set a perfect base for the next stage of the whole painting process. For now, this where we are pulling the plug and in the next article I’ll try to navigate everyone through the whole painting process. Hopefully, I won’t be the cause for a disaster, but till then let your model dry and admire it while it still looks perfect.